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16 days ago

UX Designer

Amazon.com Santa Monica, CA

IMDb is looking for passionate software engineers (both Jr. and Sr.), sde managers, UX designers, and QA Engineers to forge inroads into the… Amazon.com


12 days ago

Head of Product

Amazon.com Santa Monica, CA

We’re looking for an entrepreneurial, results-oriented product leader to help shape the future of IMDbPro. As the leader of the IMDbPro Product Team… Amazon.com


16 days ago

Amazon Studios

Amazon.com Santa Monica, CA

Amazon Studios is looking for a highly motivated, detail oriented, self-starter for a contract administration and business affairs internship role… Amazon.com


26 days ago

Entertainment Account Manager

Amazon.com Santa Monica, CA

Amazon Media Group company, is looking for a highly-motivated Account Manager to help scale our growing Display Advertising program in the… Amazon.com


16 days ago

Regional Partner Development Manager

Amazon.com Santa Monica, CA

will include driving executive and field relationships with leading professional services firms. By establishing and growing business and technical… Amazon.com


4 days ago

Senior Marketing Manager

Amazon.com Santa Monica, CA

* Combining a compelling story and data into sales marketing materials for advertising on IMDb, including pitches… Amazon.com


2 days ago

Head of Motion Picture Production – new

Amazon.com Santa Monica, CA

Amazon Studios is looking to hire a Head of Motion Picture Production, who will report to the Head of Amazon Studios and will manage the development… Amazon.com


17 days ago

Corporate Counsel

Amazon.com Santa Monica, CA

In this role, you will handle legal aspects of feature film and television development, production and distribution, to include structuring, drafting… Amazon.com


4 days ago

Senior Manager

Amazon.com Santa Monica, CA +2 locations

Manage team responsible for: * Assessing opportunity and developing plans to grow revenue in key… Amazon.com


15 days ago

Creative Manager

Amazon.com Santa Monica, CA

Amazon Studios is the original film and television development and production arm of Amazon.com. We premiered our first two series, Alpha House and… Amazon.com


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    Can be amazing for some people, horrible for others

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    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazon is doing lot's of cool stuff...but lots of boring stuff too. There are really well run teams...and very badly run teams. The experience for software managers and engineers is all over the board, from really run low operational load teams to teams where people burn out after a year.

     - Amazon is built, quite deliberately, to be Darwinian. You can generally expect that anyone who's been here for more than 2 years is competent and motivated or they wouldn't have survived. You can count on them as long as your priorities are aligned. There aren't many slackers here, and they don't survive long.
      - We work on so much stuff that there's always an opportunity to find amazing cool stuff to work on (note that it's an 'opportunity', one that you have to pursue)
      - A chance to make a huge difference
      - A place where you can learn a lot about all kinds of things, both technical and about yourself
      - Amazon encourages high mobility - even your manager can't prevent you from moving to another team within 6 weeks (normally, more than a few months under unusual conditions).
      - Your friends and family have actually heard of the place you work and have at least a vague notion of what Amazon does without you having to explain

    Cons

    - You're responsible for your own career progression and finding the places and teams that are doing the stuff you want to do. No one is going to take you by the hand and help you with that.
    - Amazon is built, quite deliberately, to be Darwinian. The strong survive and the weak perish (metaphorically speaking) and the 'bar' is constantly increasing. The level of performance that would have been acceptable five years ago will get you canned today. It's a kind of crucible that'll help you develop a harder edge, if you can survive, that can serve you well in your career and in life, but it's often not a pleasant experience.

    I wouldn't recommend it as a place to work for just anyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stack ranking is a horrible practice since it's rife with favoritism. It's also not Amazonian in that it's not data based (arbitrarily designating a certain percentage of employees that must be put on performance management isn't a data driven criterion) and it's not frugal (effectively forcing an individual out of the company in one division who would make the grade in another is either retaining someone who doesn't meet the bar or a waste of talent). The goal is to force managers to actually make the hard decisions about how their team members compare with each other (not everyone can be exceptional), but it has more defects than virtues. Replace it with a common comparison of each person against the bar for their position, based on data. The percentages that are assigned to each performance category will turn out how they turn out, but there will be an evaluation mechanism that's fair and frugal.

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